More Than Eggs In Your Eggs

There’s nothing as natural as eggs. Natural foods are good for you, aren’t they? In fact, they are not. More and more items you would not normally expect to find in eggs have been cropping up in eggs from chickens, ducks and other poultry.

Arsenic

Arsenic is actually an ingredient in chicken feed in order to improve the color of white chicken meat. Studies by the USDA have found that one chicken destined for the table contains about 430 parts per billion of arsenic. Arsenic in feed often finds its way to laying hens which means their eggs contain arsenic.

Antibiotics

It’s a common practice to stuff livestock with antibiotics in the theory that antibiotics can prevent illnesses. They do not. Although the trend is receding, especially in milk cows, many chickens and eggs contain traces of antibiotics. Antibiotic overuse is the reason that many bacterial diseases have become resistant to antibiotics.

Salmonella

Eating bad eggs or bad mayonnaise made with eggs is the number one cause for salmonella in people. Eggs can go off in just two hours outside of the refrigerator. Americans are used to seeing eggs sold in refrigerated cases, but eggs are sold on the shelf next to flour in the baking goods aisle in countries like Great Britain. Many restaurants serve dishes with slightly cooked eggs which may still be raw enough to harbor salmonella bacteria. Raw eggs or eggs right from the hen are more likely to contain bacteria than pasteurized eggs.

Lasalocid

Another potentially poisonous substance found in supermarket eggs, especially eggs for sale in the UK, is lasalocid. This is a medication given to chickens to combat a stomach illness caused by a parasite. Although chickens are to off of this medication for 90 days before they are slaughtered or before they go back on the laying line, this does not always happen.

An Easy Way to Stay Safe

An easy way to keep safe from all the bad stuff in eggs is to stop eating them or products made with eggs. There are many tasty alternatives available, including a “vegan egg” made by California startup Hampton Creek. For more details on the vegan egg, click here.